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Sunday Assembly Portland will be hosting its monthly gathering on Sunday, July 9 from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Hoffman Hall on the Portland State University campus. This event will focus on nonviolent communication (NVC) strategies with speaker Dr. Fred Sly, the Co-founder of the Oregon Prison Project and co-owner of Rose City NVC.
Dr. Fred Sly, who has a doctorate in counseling and applied psychology from Meridian University, became a certified teacher with The Center for Nonviolent Communication in 2005. Over the past 16 years, he has provided NVC training, coaching, meditation, and consultation services to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings from private practice to prisons in California and Oregon. He has a passion for helping others develop greater emotional freedom and deeper self-acceptance using a teaching style that is warm, humorous, and approachable. This can be seen in his dedication to the Oregon Prison Project, which annually has more than 30 volunteer trainers providing weekly NVC classes in five Oregon prisons (soon to begin classes in a sixth) and one post-release program to 200 inmates and parolees.
Practiced in over 65 countries, NVC was developed starting in the 1960s by Marshall Rosenberg, a psychologist and founder of The Center for Nonviolent Communication. This communication process focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy, empathy, and honest self-expression. NVC assumes that humans are compassionate by nature and that violent strategies, whether physical or verbal, are socially constructed and learned. It also assumes that all people share the same basic human needs and our actions are how we seek to meet those needs. Practitioners of NVC work towards having greater authenticity in their communication, increasing their understanding, deepening connections with others, and working actively to resolve conflicts.
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